Breathwork Today Make You Beauty Tomorrow
Improve your skin just by correctly breathing? Meet experts that believe respiration is the next big thing in beauty
Without thinking, we do it more than 23,000 times a day, but breathing — one of our first reflections — is suddenly heralded as the most recent health sensation – with special advantages for beauty. But how does this happen?
Breathwork, or Pranayama, has long been part of the yogic tradition, but its recent acceptance into the mainstream of health and beauty means that it reaches a whole new public. Championed in the media by a rising number of facialists and bodyworkers who praise its benefits – ranging from smooth skin to better management of sleep and hormones – our routines appear to be turned into breathtaking beauty.
Behind the breath
So what is “breathwork” precisely, and why bother? ‘Well to breathe is something that most of us do not know how to do correctly. We also forget to breathe deeply because of stress,’ says Katie Light, a Light Technique creator, and facialist. ‘We encourage more oxygen into the organs, cells, and system of the body when the breath is constant and inflow. We feel more anchored and clearer in mind.”
Although many of us are trained to take a few deep breaths before a facial or massage, this new method is deeper and deeper. “I begin every session with respiratory routines that enable my client to relieve stress, remain calm psychologically and spiritually,” says Beata Aleksandrowicz, an anti-aging therapy that blends respiration with touch and sound healing. ‘Breath is a bridge between the outside and inner world of the individual with whom I work and makes my therapy more successful.
While psychodermatology analyzes how mental well-being affects the skin, the idea is that emotional blocks that may appear as physical symptoms work ‘untaps.’
“It’s going to show on the skin when we’re under stress,” says Light. ‘For example, dehydration, breakdown, or eczema on the skin, depending on the individual may lead to loss of sleep. You may notice so many good improvements as you start working with and with the breath.”
Outside the treatment room, the wellness community switches to the possibility of breathwork to revise their energy levels and increase resilience. Richie Bostock was first interested in seeking therapies for her father, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, with an Instagram after 40.6k. A few years to go and his courses are permanently scheduled at leading fitness clubs.
‘The direct effects of our breathing on our cardiovascular system, endocrine system, digestive system, neurological system, immunological system, and lymph system,’ adds Bostock. “And this is the condition in which our bodily and mental health is mainly dictated.” This is a very convincing argument. Not to add that breathing is open to everyone and (after you learn the fundamentals) free.
What is science?
So how does the skin affect all this breathwork? And is there hard evidence to indicate that breathing may be beautiful? ‘Not only can our lungs supply essential oxygen but it also helps us remove cell poisons,’ Aleksandrowicz said. ‘Although I can’t say that any specific problems will be cured, we give more oxygen and nutrients with deep breathing, which have a beneficial impact.’ Light agrees. ‘Breathing properly may produce a significant shift for skin – as much as any topical product. It provides the body and all its cells extra oxygen.”
If all this seems like a huge leap of faith, there is evidence that may provide further light. In 2019, 3 scientists were given the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in order to work on how cells ‘adapt to the availability of oxygen’ and a protein, termed hypoxia-inducible factor or HIF, increase the number of red blood cells in the body during times of oxygen shortage. This may illuminate how brief durations of manipulation can promote cell activity – the intended function of the most sophisticated facial creams. Time to breathe deeply.